Jamaicans Protest Over Professor Bain’s Dismissal

vlcsnap-2014-05-22-18h26m24s229This past Friday, Plus News reported on the protest held at Battlefield Park in Belize City where some 100 Belizeans gathered to condemn the firing of Professor Brendan Bain.

The protest saw individuals from a cross-section of the Belizean society standing in solidarity with  the Professor who was dismissed as head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network last Tuesday.

Bain was sacked after he submitted expert testimony in the Caleb Orozco vs the Attorney General, a case which is still in the court system of Belize.

Well, yesterday, in Jamaica, another 100 or so citizens of that country gathered at the UWI’s main gate on Mona Road in Kingston, in what appears as increasing pressure on the University of the West Indies (UWI) to reinstate Doctor Bain.

The university has been accused of bowing to pressure from 35 lobby groups who had demanded Bain’s head. Participants in the protest included Professors and students from UWI as well as various public Social and religious personalities. Here are a few excerpts from interviews conducted by the Jamaican Observer.

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“What has happened to Professor Baine is a travesty of justice.  But it is more than that.  I believe that it is an attempt to silence us ahead of Jamaica’s boguery case in November.  I want to say to Christians and to every Jamaican who believes in justice, get up and stand up because this can’t work”.

vlcsnap-2014-05-27-22h13m30s112Female Protester 2:  “Every person in Jamaica who has an opinion about anything needs to take notice of this.  This is a frightening precedent.  You are entitled to an opinion, but you are not entitled to speak it; that is what they are saying”.



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“I wish we could follow the Godly agenda as they are following theirs.  But I can say something today under God that we will never be afraid anymore to stand up for what it is right.  We thought that we were tolerant and we and we tried our best to be, but now that you are going to lynch somebody for speaking the truth, there will be a lot more of us to be lynched.  Jamaica must remain free under God”.

Over 2500 people have signed an online petition at Change.org asking the University to apologize for Terminating Professor Brendon Bain for giving his expert testimony.

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